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A Woman of Faith

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Somehow word must have come to her that some­one had taken over her property while she was in an­other country. Initially she had not chosen to go to the foreign land; she was told to go by the prophet. She did not choose her circumstances, neither the result of those circumstances, but she was not content to lose it all.

By Joy Haney 

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When the Shunammite woman’s boy was dead on the bed, she did not let her circumstances dictate to her to speak doubt, but instead she spoke faith to her hus­band, “It shall be well” (II Kings 4:23). She spoke faith to Gehazi when he asked her, “Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well” (II Kings 4:26).

 

“Faith always takes the first step forward. It is a soul sense, a spiritual foresight, which peers far beyond the physical eye’s vision, a courier which leads the way, opens the closed door, sees beyond the obstacles, and points to the path which the less spiritual faculties could not see.””

 

Her faith took her forward, onward toward her miracle, but her faith did not keep her from speaking her heart to the only one who could help her.

 

Notice when she got to the source of the original promise her true feelings emerged. She was a des­perate woman. She caught Elisha by the feet and Ge-hazi was going to thrust her away, but Elisha said, “Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me” (II Kings 4:27).

 

She was very honest and forthright with the man of God. Her broken heart was crying out in despera­tion. “Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?” (II Kings 4:28).

 

As the Shunammite spoke faith to all she met, until she got to the source of the originator of the promise, so must women today speak faith to all they meet. But when they get in their prayer closet and begin to pray to the promise Giver, they should speak their hearts. They also can say, “Do not lie to me! Your Word says,” and then begin to remind God of

His promises.

 

His promises are true and unfailing! Isaiah 55:11 declares: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

 

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,

And looks to that alone,

Laughs at impossibilities,

And cries, “It shall be done!”

 

She had faith in the word of the prophet. She be­lieved they were words from God. Her actions were based on her belief in that word. Initially she perceived that he was a “holy man of God” (II Kings 4:9), and the word that he spoke, she believed.

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